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Concern growing for missing patient

Police searching for a patient who's gone missing from Clacton Hospital say they're growing increasingly concerned for his safety. 66 year old David Royle had been in hospital for two months and was on a home visit when he disappeared.

He was last seen on Friday in the Boley Drive area of the town. Officers say there's been no sign of him since despite an extensive search, and are asking the public to help them find him.

Mr Royle is described as white with shoulder length brown hair. He was wearing a blazer and a flat cap.

Hospital to face prosecution

Basildon University Hospital will face prosecution after being told it failed to protect patients from legionnaires' disease.

The Health and Safety Executive says the hospital failed to ensure the safety of its patients and visitors for nearly six years between February 2004 and December 2010.

The disease is caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.


Motorcyclist's hospital ride

Andy McGowan prepares for his 1000 mile ride Credit: Colchester General Hospital

A motorcyclist is preparing to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for the critical care unit at Colchester General Hospital.

Andy McGowan will begin his journey from outside the hospital’s Main Entrance at 10am on Saturday (23rd June).

He hopes to raise £1000 and was inspired to take on the challenge after his wife, Sarah, received treatment at the hospital.


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